President Obama's Proposed Budget: Mixed Bag For Family Caregivers

Posted: February, 2012

From the Family Caregiver Alliance.

President Obama released his proposed FY 2013 budget on February 13, 2012. The budget calls for $8 million more funding for Adult Protective Services grants and an additional $6 million for Alzheimer 's disease Demonstrations Grants. Funding for most other programs supporting family caregivers (including the Lifespan Respite program) would remain at the same level as FY 2012. Some senior programs would have larger investments, including an additional $100 million for senior housing, $10 million for housing counseling, and $10 million for CSFP, a food support program for seniors. Staring in 2017, the proposed budget calls for a co-pay of $100 in Medicare for home health care services, (based on a January 2011 recommendation from MedPac), however, this payment would only be due for episodes with five or more visits that were not preceded by a hospital on in-patient post-acute stay.

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